This recipe for Chinese Mongolian beef is a healthy moreish stir fry which doesn’t take long to put together. The amount of heat can be easily adjusted to suit your family’s tastes.
If you can make the marinade two hours before cooking as it will tenderise the beef and improve the flavour.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Most in season vegetables can be added to this dish. Speed up the time it takes to cook root vegetables such as carrot by shredding with a peeler.
Try adding silverbeet, bok choy, peas, cabbage, bamboo shoots, baby corn, cauliflower florets or zucchini. To ensure even cooking thinly slice vegetables that require longer cooking times.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
This recipe is dairy free. For gluten free; use gluten free soy and hoisin sauce. Check the sweet chili sauce label for gluten.
Buy beef or lamb in bulk when it comes on special at your local grocery store or butcher. Even though it is a large outlay, buying a large portion of beef then cutting it up yourself is far cheaper than buying pre-cut.
It is always more economical to buy dried spices and other food staples in bulk wherever possible. Dried spices often will last past their best before date however they may lose potency over time. I have included links to bulk buy products on Amazon.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
Consider growing your own vegetables. Even a few in pots will help to reduce your food costs. This will also enable you to control what chemicals are used on your fresh vegetables. Try this guide to Vegetable Gardening or Homesteading.
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